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(The House by the Cemetery/
The House Outside the Cemetery/
Zombie Hell House/


Directed by:  Lucio Fulci

DVD Information
Back of Box:
The Boyle family moves temporarily into an old mansion near Boston so that the father can do some needed research.  The new tenants, unbeknownst to them, have a terrible secret living in their basement.  A certain Dr. Freudstein has been housed below since 1879 and has kept himself alive by murdering inhabitants of the mansion and using their cells to keep his body going.  Gore, horror and great special effects makes a visit to the House By The Cemetery A KILLING STAY.
Special Features:
  • Fully Restored and Enhanced Digital Masters
  • Chapters - Direct Scene Access (Go Straight to Your Favorite Scenes)
  • Original Graphics
  • Interactive Menus
  • Biography

Rated:  R

Run Time: 84 Minutes

Cast List
Catriona MacColl...Lucy Boyle
Paolo Malco...Dr. Norman Boyle
Anja Pieroni...Ann, The Babysitter
Giovanni Frezza...Bob Boyle
Silvia Collatina...Mae Freudstein
Dagmar Lassander...Laura Gittleson
Giovanni De Nava...Dr. Jacob A. Freudstein
Daniela Doria...First Female Victim
Gianpaolo Saccarola...Daniel Douglas, The Librarian
Carlo De Majo...Mr. Wheatley
John Olson...Harold
Elmer Johnsson...Cemetery Caretaker
Ranieri Ferrara...Steven, A Victim
Teresa Rossi Passante...Mary Freudstein
Lucio Fulci...Professor Muller (Uncredited)
  • Filming Location(s)Boston, Massachusetts, Concord, Massachusetts, Scituate, Massachusetts, New York City, New York, and De Paolis Studios: Rome, Lazio, Italy.
  • Alternate Tagline(s)Can anyone survive the demented marauding zombies in... and BEWARE THE DEMON FORCES OF THE...BLOOD BEASTS.
  • One early American VHS release got several of the film's reels out of order, further confusing the already erratic story.
  • The trailers for the US release were narrated by Brother Theodore.
  • Apparently Laura Gittleson's death was originally longer and nastier, included and eye gouging, a Fulci regular.  It was cut because Fulci didn't think the effects were realistic enough.
  • The Anchor Bay release is the complete, uncut version (All gore and violence included).


  • After Laura Gittleson is killed there is a shot of her lying on the floor, eyes closed and mouth open.  A moment later, Freudstein is dragging her to the basement, eyes open and mouth closed.  Later in the film, she's hanging in the basement, eyes and mouth both open.
  • When Dr. Boyle and his family arrive in Boston, the crew's reflection can be seen on the car before Mrs. Boyle gets out.

Personal History

  • This was my second Fulci viewing.
  • I own two copies of this film.  This Diamond release and one on a Brentwood four film deal (As Zombie Hell House).

Don't Move, Don't Breathe, and Whatever You Do...DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU!